Mountain Bike Trails According to Casey


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*This site is currently under construction, so please bear with me...*



East Texas

** It's been years since I've ridden some of the trails in East Texas, so some things may have changed since, such as fees, the trails themselves, or even closures... you get the idea. If you visit any of these trails, and they are not as presented, please email me and let me know.

Houston Area Trails

Memorial Park Trail System

Cypress Creek Trails

The Anthills

Huntsville State Park

Sam Houston National Forest Trail System

Double Lake Trail


Central Texas

Austin Area Trails

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Bull Creek Greenbelt

Emma Long / City Park / Motocross Park
Austin
Intermediate, Advanced
Up to 7 miles

Emma Long, AKA City Park/ Motocross Park (nothing "motocross" about it, really) is perhaps my favorite "legal" trail in Texas. If you're a glutton for punishment, then this one's for you... While only about 7 miles long, the parking lot will be a welcome sight at the end for most. Some will tell you that it's all ridable, but they're just stroking their delicate egos... there are a couple of obstacles that are not ridable, unless you have the time and energy to spend some time hopping trials-style, and repeated tries. I've been riding there for almost 4 years now, and while 4 years ago it was nearly 100% ridable (I don't mean 100% of the time though), it's gotten much harder due to the motorcycle traffic - yes I said motorcycle. MC riders tear it up pretty bad, scattering boulders and spinning the their big knobby back tires trying to get over the ledges, making the ledges larger as a result. So how much is ridable? I'd say about 90%, but I don't mean 90% is ridable 100% of the time... Here's my break down:


So what makes it so challenging? Well, besides its generally rough, rocky nature (there are, however, some smooth, fast sections), it is littered with large, imbeded boulders and ledges in the worst possible places, and with the worst possible spacing. The theme seems to be to hit a short, loose, momentum zapping climb, followed by a hard bend, only to be faced by a group of 12-24"+  ledges spaced progressively closer together as you reach the top... While going down is much easier, you still have to be careful; where wheelie-dropping would be the choice approach for ledges on lesser trails, the surprise grouping of these ledges will do you in quick if done in a front-up fashion... so nose-down seems the safe approach, until you find your weight a little too far forward, sending you face first down a set of five 18" ledges... drop with care, folks.

The good news for riders that may find themselves in over their heads (or over the bars) is that there are some shortcuts and bail-out points. Most will find the most welcome and valuable cut to be about 3/4 of the way into the full loop where you come out of the woods, curve right, and face a long, straight, treeless climb that will take you back to the parking lot. There are other short cuts, but be sure to have a map handy before you start looking for them; one could quickly find their self adding to their adventure as opposed to cutting it short.

To get there, go west on 2222 from 360 (Capitol of Texas HWY), then take a left at the next light, City Park Rd, then after about 4 miles take a left on Oak Shores Dr, then left on a short paved drive into the dirt/gravel parking lot. Signs are posted along the way, so it's not hard to find. As of writing, the trailhead is on the west end of the lot, and direction of travel is clockwise. They switch the direction every few years, so check first.

Great Emma Long map at Xenopus






Good Water Trail (AKA "LGT")
Georgetown (Lake Georgetown)
About 16 miles out-and-back (Overlook Park to where the double-track begins and back)
Intermediate, Advanced


The Goodwater Trail is a trail built by the Army Core of Engineers that encircles the lake for nearly 30 miles, only a portion of which is open to bikes (the north side of the lake). This trail is a lot of fun... on a full suspension. It tends to be very rough, with sharp, jagged limestone protruding from the ground making for a potentially very rough ride, thus I don't recommend it for hardtail riders, at least not the 3 mile section between Overlook Park and Jim Hogg Park. The 4.5 mile section between Jim Hogg and Russell Park is a little smoother, and thus a bit more tolerable for hardtails. This section is a lot of fun with some good challenges; not really big ones like City Park, but smaller ones that never seem to end. I usually continue past Russell about one mile to where the double-track begins next to the lake bank, then return. This last mile is perhaps the most technical part of the trail. The last 5+ miles consist of mostly double-track that follows the San Gabriel River to Tejas Camp, but I didn't include this portion in the mileage as it's pretty boring compared to the rest of the trail, and I'm an action kind of guy...

One of the nice things about this trail is it's scenic qualities. Overlook to Jim Hogg is a mostly open trail that follows along fingers of the lake, through grass and prickly pear cacti, occasionally passing through stands of cedar and oak. Toward the end of this section the trail enters the forests that line the north side of the lake at Jim Hogg Park, and continues rolling over limestone boulders and winding through cedars while keeping the lake in view much of the way.

To enter the trail at Overlook Park, take I-35 north to Hwy 29, west to D. B. Wood, then north to the Overlook Park entrance (on the left), or I-35 south to 2338 west, then turn south at the HEB on D. B Wood, then right into the park. For Jim Hogg Park, go west out 2338 to Jim Hogg Rd, then left to the park. Russell Park must be approached from the north  from CR262.

 Goodwater Trail map


Rocky Hill Ranch

Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area

Walnut Creek Trails

Warda


San Antonio Area Trails

700 Acres

Flat Rock Ranch

Kelly Ranch

Hill Country State Natural Area


Texas Panhandle

Lubbock Area Trails

M.L.K. Park

Palo Verde Canyon

 

 

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